Sunday, August 16, 2009


Blissfully tranquil.


That's how I describe yesterday afternoon's SAGBUTT get-together. The August gathering of the Seattle Area Garden Bloggers United to Talk was hosted by Molly of Life on Tiger Mountain.

We started off with a tour of the gardens. Along the way we got to meet the chickens and ducks.


This made me stop in my tracks--pumpkin envy hit hard.



Keeping the pumpkins company were borlotti beans. This past week Wing Nut had made us a borlotti bean and fennel salad for dinner. We hadn't tried borlotti beans before and of course ours came from a can. So we were thrilled to see them growing in Molly's garden.


Molly is a great storyteller and I loved hearing her tell us about the history of the property--very colorful.


While in the woods, Wing Nut thought she saw Sasquatch.


But it was only Diva Dog---and Wing Nut having issues with the camera settings. Diva Dog enjoyed the visit as much as we did. She was in heaven as she explored the woods and the stream. And Molly's dog, the Awesome Aussie, even got Diva Dog to play--no easy feat. 

awesome aussie

After the garden tour, we returned to the house where a tomato tasting awaited on the balcony. There was much in the way of good conversation, delicious food, elderberry beverages, and exchanges of plants, seeds, and fruit. We even left with today's breakfast.


Fresh eggs taste amazing.


Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

What a great visit. Good to hear from you again:)

Curmudgeon said...

Hey there Aunt Debbi! Thanks!

Nan Ondra said...

Sounds like you bloggers had a glorious time at your get-together. Your Sasquatch photo is priceless. Are you *positive* that it was only a camera problem?

Petunia's Gardener said...

It was great to see you both yesterday. Nice job with the review post! Glad you captured Sasquatch or everyone would think we had a few too many rounds of the beverages. - Paula

Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun. The hydrangea and sumac photos are exceptional.

Karen said...

Great to see all three of you (including DD) yesterday - nice round-up, now I feel like I don't have to post! :) These gatherings are so lovely, it's always hard to leave. I'm going to have to try to find some Borlotti beans to taste, that would be a new one for me. Wasn't that an amazing garden??!! I had everything envy!

Magic Cochin said...

Ohhhh - I would've believed yopu saw Sasquatch if you hadn't given the game away ;-)

Lovely hens, beautiful eggs - bets they taste delicious!


Aerie-el said...

Great post for a great SAGBUTT meeting! It was such a lovely and relaxing afternoon in a beautiful location. You captured it (and Sasquatch!) in your post perfectly.

Aaron said...

Great post about the meetup on Saturday! It was great to meet you guys (and everyone). I can't believe I missed the chickens! That's what I get for being late.

Renee said...

Your photos are wonderful! It sure looks like Molly's place is amazing. That sasquatch photo is AWESOME! I hope to meet you guys at the next get together.

Curmudgeon said...

Hi Nan! Yes, it was glorious. Besides Sasquatch we also saw white tailed deer--another Diva Dog and camera settings issues. LOL!

Thanks Paula. Believe it or not, Wing Nut was only drinking soda!

Thanks Grace. The sumac was very fun. Such wonderful architecture. I'm finally learning to appreciate hydrangeas.

Hi Karen. Everything envy... that about sums it up. It sure was hard to leave that porch swing...

They did taste delicious Celia! Haven't eaten the green one yet as it's so pretty I want to look at it a little while longer. LOL!

Thanks Aerie-el. It was wonderful to meet you--though I had no idea who I had been chatting with in the kitchen and had to ask Molly afterwards via email to recap who all was there.

Hi Aaron! Thanks for stopping by our blog. I hope we'll see you at future meetings. I haven't forgotten about the scone recipe--I'll post it later this week.

Hi Renee. Glad you liked our Sasquatch--she's quite photogenic, usually. Hope you make it to the next SAGBUTT mtg.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

How fun! I was sure sad to miss it, but I'm so glad I was able to see and read about it here. Those eggs look great!

Curmudgeon said...

You were missed Catherine. Hope we'll see you at the next one.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Aloha! Maybe, one day I can make a meeting! We are enjoying watching wild Hawaiian chickens browsing everywhere on the Garden island. I doubt that they lay such wonderful eggs as those which you got fot your breakfast!

Curmudgeon said...

Greetings Tatyana! What a coincidence that you are in Hawaii! I've been wondering if plumeria would grow here in the PNW.

Kathryn/ said...

This truly looks like a wonderfully rich adventure! Love the chickies. Love the dogs. And those fresh eggs are a treasure! Thanks for sharing your trip!

Curmudgeon said...

It was indeed a great adventure Kathryn. And those were the most delicious eggs I've ever eaten!